Brian O. Smith
Manager, Long Term Care Services Unit

Bureau of Health Facility Regulation
2727 Mahan Drive MS#33
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Florida Relay Service (TDD): (800) 955-8771
Phone: (850) 412-4303
Email: LTCStaff@ahca.myflorida.com

An entity that provides a continuum of palliative and supportive care for the terminally ill patient and patient's family.

Health Facility Reporting System

Health Facility Reporting SystemThe Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) requires all licensees providing residential or inpatient services to use an Agency approved database for reporting its emergency status, planning or operations. The Agency approved database for reporting this information is the Health Facility Reporting System (HFRS).


Accrediting Organization Web Address Accredited for State Licensure Accredited Option for Medicare Certification
The Joint Commission http://www.jointcommission.org/ No Yes
Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) http://www.chapinc.org/ No Yes
Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) http://www.achc.org/ No Yes
Three national accrediting organizations have been approved by CMS to conduct deemed status surveys for Medicare certification of hospice providers. Hospices may receive accreditation with deemed status through an accrediting organization approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This deemed status accreditation is equivalent to a recommendation by the state for Medicare provider certification.

Renew Online – Providers can now renew their licenses through the Agency’s Online Licensing application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Florida Statutes

State Rules - Florida Administrative Code

State Regulation Set used by surveyors

Federal Regulation Set used by surveyors (CMS State Operations Manual, Appendix M)

Summary of Initial Hospice Licensure Process – Please note: State law requires a certificate of need before applying for a license. Go to Certificate of Need (CON) for more information

Licensure Application and Related Forms

Background Screening Information


Emergency Management Planning

Requirements for Information and Training on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia-Related Disorders – Section 400.6045, Florida Statutes

  • All employees, upon beginning employment, must receive basic written information about interacting with persons who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia-related disorders. Use of The Alzheimer’s Patient and Hospice Care fact sheet developed by Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Chapters of Florida meets this requirement. Association Fact Sheet
  • Employees who are expected to, or whose responsibilities require them to, have direct contact with patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia-related disorders and employees who will be providing direct care to patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia-related disorders must complete Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) approved training.  For information regarding training requirements, exemptions from and substitutions for training, approval of trainers/curriculum and locating approved training providers, please review the statutes (s. 400.6045, F.S.) and/or the information on the University of South Florida’s Training Academy on Aging (DOEA contractor) website at http://www.trainingonaging.usf.edu/.

Getting Medicare Certification for a Hospice